Sarasota Memorial Health Care System

Sarasota Memorial Health Care System


What does SMH stand for? Sometimes it stands for:
❤️Top 50 Cardiovascular Hospitals recognition by Fortune/IBM Watson Health
❤️High Performer rating for treating heart attacks, preventing heart failure and performing complex cardiac procedures by U.S. News "Best Hospitals"
❤️Gold Plus Honor Roll for continued excellence in heart failure care by the American Heart Association
❤️But if you ask our cardiac patients, they say it stands for So Much Heart!❤️
#smhHeart #SMHSarasota #HeartMonth #HeartHealth #CardiacSurgery #CardiacRehab #Cardiovascular
🕗Minutes matter for someone having a ❤️ #HeartAttack. Do you know what to do? #ActFast & #SaveALife using these tips in our #HealtheMatters Heart Health Blog 🔗

#smhHeart #HeartMonth #HeartHealth #CardiacArrest #HandsOnlyCPR
😋Need some new options for your #BigGame 🏈 munchies? Try these appetizer recipes with a #healthy twist! 🔗
🍗Sriracha Chicken Drumsticks
🌶️Mango Habenero Salsa
🍕Arugula Ricotta Pizza
🍤Surf and Turf Kebabs

#smhHealtheRecipes #EatBetterFeelBetter #HealthyAppetizers #HeartHealthy #Diabetic #GlutenFree
🏆👏Congratulations to #smhEXCEL Award winner Sara Cross, a Patient Registration Representative II in the Emergency Care Center. Sara is known to be efficient and detailed in her duties, but still always cheerful and upbeat. 😊 As a team member, she is optimistic, encouraging and the first to lend a helping hand + offer assistance to her co-workers. In working with our patients, she goes above and beyond to ensure their needs are met. Thank you, Sara, for all you do everyday for SMH, our team & our patients! 👏#BestOfTheBest #TeamSMHrocks
💡Knowing how to help someone having a ❤️ #HeartAttack could be a matter of life or death. Do you know what to do? Minutes matter so #ActFast & #SaveALife using these tips in our #HealtheMatters Heart Health Blog 🔗

#smhHeart #HeartMonth #HeartHealth #CardiacArrest #HandsOnlyCPR
✅Check out this week's #smhAskAnExpert Q&A blog for an update on the #Omicron surge, the latest #Vaccine info, and what the future may hold in the ongoing fight against #COVID19 @

Hiatal hernias occur when part of the stomach squeezes through the hiatus and bulges into the chest. They are highly treatable when diagnosed early. Talk to your doctor if you have these common symptoms:
▶️Excessive belching
▶️Heartburn or acid reflux
▶️Difficulty swallowing
▶️Chest pain

#FirstPhysiciansGroup #Hiatalhernia #smhSarasota #smhVenice
When it comes to matters of the ❤️ heart, care and treatment options are continually evolving. Advances in surgical solutions and medical interventions mean more patients now have better choices. Learn more ⬇️ #smhHeart #CardiacSurgery #MICS #HeartMonth
Facing ❤️ #heartsurgery is understandably daunting, but minimally invasive surgery followed by cardiac rehab will greatly reduce recovery time. #smhHeart #CardiacSurgery #CardiacRehab #MICS #HeartHealthMonth
With nuts as a key ingredient, this healthy and delicious snack is a great source of plant-based protein. ✅ Check out the latest #smhThrive in the Kitchen recipe + how-to video with SMH Executive Chef Omar Mattei + Registered Dietitian Laura McLeroy @ 👇
🏆👏 Congrats to #smhEXCEL Award winner Lucet Martinez, an HR Assistant III in Human Resources. As the first face you see, everyone walking into HR is greeted with her warm smile! 😊 Lucet is known for her amazing customer service skills. One nominee even called her “the director of first impressions” because she 💡 lights up the room with positivity! Others called out her ability to multi-task, work as a team player and find the answer to any question. 👏 Thank you, Lucet, for all you do everyday for Team SMH! #BestOfTheBest #TeamSMHrocks
For most cardiac patients undergoing minimally invasive heart surgery, cardiac rehab will help get you back to your active lifestyle within a week or two of surgery. #smhHeart #CardiacSurgery #CardiacRehab #MICS #HeartHealthMonth

Since 1925, we’ve delivered high-quality healthcare. SMH has grown from 32-beds to a 2 hospital, f

Operating as usual

Photos from Sarasota Memorial Health Care System's post 04/25/2022

👏 🏆 Congrats to our latest TEA ROSE Award winner: Brittany Chestnut, a multi-skilled technician in Infusion Therapy.

The "TEA ROSE" award — or Technician Excellence Award Recognizing Outstanding Service & Experience — is a nomination-based honor given to standout patient-care technicians who are role models in clinical skill & compassionate care. 🌹

Brittany’s team members describe her as courteous and empathetic, she readily creates rapport and forms a relationship with her patients & their visitors. Brittany goes above and beyond to ensure patients feel comfortable and safe. Thank you, Brittany, for all you do! 🙌

#TeamSMHrocks #BestOfTheBest #Healthcare #technician #award #patientcaretech #health #care #community #Sarasota #Bradenton #NorthPortFL #LakewoodRanchFL #veniceflorida


📣 You’re Invited to Cooking Matters!

❤️ Sarasota Memorial, in partnership with All Faiths Food Bank, is offering a series of community cooking & nutrition classes for stroke survivors and a family member.

🗓️ The next class will be held on April 27, 2022 at the Sarasota Memorial Rehabilitation Pavilion. Learn nutritional information & simple cooking techniques. You will also receive a complimentary meal during class & a free cookbook!

Interested in attending?
Don’t wait, space is limited!
📞 Call to reserve your spot today at (941) 917-3890


👏👏 We are wrapping up National Volunteer Week today with a special recognition of all the ways that #smhVolunteers contribute to our patients, hospital, staff & community.

In 2021, SMH Volunteers contributed in the following ways:
⭐ 66,745 hours of service
⭐ 8,502 Blood Runs
⭐ 23,467 Central Supply Deliveries
⭐ 16,897 Dietary Items Delivered
⭐ 5,686 Flowers Deliveries
⭐ 17,004 Lab Specimens Transported

🙌 From our public hospital board members, to our newest teen volunteers, & those adult volunteers who've served SMH for decades — #ThankYou, thank you, thank you! #TeamSMH appreciates all that you do, excellence starts with US! #smhVolunteersRock


Having Your Baby at SMH-Venice – A Video Tour for Expectant Parents

Having an #smhBaby? 🤰
🏥 Check out this video tour of our state-of-the-art maternity accommodations at the Sarasota Memorial Mother Baby Unit in Venice. Discover what to expect when you give birth at SMH's newest hospital campus — from spacious and private birthing suites to a full team of experienced, compassionate, and highly-trained professionals.

🍼 Our support doesn’t end when you leave the hospital! We encourage you to register for a variety of our online and in-person childbirth and parenting education classes.

For more details, visit 🔗


😋 Spring #Recipes, Fresh for the Season!

➡️ Key Lime Squares
➡️ Berry Smoothie Bowl
➡️ Shrimp Spaghetti Squash
➡️ Turkey Piccata

Click here for the full recipes and more!👇

Share the Health: Saving Lives Through Living Donation 04/20/2022

Share the Health: Saving Lives Through Living Donation

👤 The human body is truly an incredible machine. Every organ is a heavily specialized miracle of evolution, playing an important role in harmony with all the others, so that you can go about your day exploring the world (or the latest streaming service).

Here’s what they don’t mention: you’re full of spare parts too. We have the opportunity to help others by donating some of our spare parts, while we’re still alive and without sacrificing our own health. This is called Living Donation.

Unsure of what you can donate❓
Healthy bodies have a lot to give:
• Blood
• Kidney & Liver
• Lung
• Pancreas & Intestine
• Bone Marrow

For Q&A's about living donation and more⬇️

Share the Health: Saving Lives Through Living Donation The human body is truly an incredible machine. Surely, you’ve heard this analogy before. Every organ is a heavily specialized miracle of evolution, playing an important role in harmony with all the others, so that the organism that is you can go about their day exploring this world (or the latest ...


🏆👏 Congratulations to #smhEXCEL Award winner Edward Gumpper, an Insurance Verification Representative I in Patient Registration. Edward's peers describe him as a friendly team member and excellent communicator. He is accurate, organized, confident and courteous to patients and staff.

💬 "Edward is fantastic — he is an amazing asset to our team and a joy to work with. Co-workers look up to him and often refer to him for guidance and knowledge."

Edward goes above and beyond to help patients with out of the country insurances, and makes the most effort to negotiate benefits, allowing the patient to get the care they desperately need. Thank you, Edward, for all you do everyday for SMH, our team & our patients! 👏🏆

#BestOfTheBest #TeamSMHrocks #sarasota #bradenton #veniceflorida #northportfl #lakewoodranchfl #healthcare #healthcarehero #team #care #community


⏰ It’s Time! At HealthFit, you’ll find everything you need to kickstart your routine & craft a workout regimen best suited for your health and your goals. 💪

📣 If you join in the month of April, not only is the initiation fee waived, you’ll also receive a Free Equipment Program Orientation with a Certified Personal Trainer! Returning member? Initiation fees are always waived for you!

For more information, visit 👉

Timeline photos 04/17/2022

🙌 📣 We're kicking off Volunteer Appreciation Week with a HUGE THANK YOU & Shout Out to all of our 478 incredible volunteers! #TeamSMH appreciates all that you do for our patients, hospital, staff & community! 💙👏

💬 “Our hundreds of volunteers make the hospital — and our community — a better place. We wouldn’t be the top-quality organization we are today without them.” — David Verinder, President and CEO, Sarasota Memorial Health Care System

💬 “We love our volunteers in ICU at SMH-Venice, they are wonderful and always willing to go above and beyond to help us. They are a vital part of our team!” — Cynthia Carr, Clinical Manager, SMH-Venice ICU

💬 "I consider my volunteer team — Robin & Nancy — comrades in the battle to fight lung cancer & other smoking related diseases. We couldn’t do it without them!" — Amie Miller, ARNP, Lung Cancer Screening Program Coordinator & Certified Tobacco Treatment Specialist

🙌💙 If you see one of our tireless volunteers this week, be sure to take a moment & let them know they are appreciated!

#smhVolunteersRock #SarasotaMemorial #Sarasota #Bradenton #NorthPortFL #LakewoodRanchFL #VeniceFlorida #Volunteers #Health #Volunteer #GiveBack #Community #Healthcare #VolunteerAppreciationWeek

Timeline photos 04/16/2022

It’s Black Maternal Health Week, and SMH is proud to be one of the 220 hospitals advancing health equity, reducing racial, ethnic and geographic disparities, and lowering maternal and infant mortality across the nation through the Perinatal Improvement Collaborative.🤎

💭 Sarasota Memorial continues to work towards improving "the care to Black Mothers particularly regarding decreasing health disparities, addressing where we can those social determinants of health and decreasing maternal illness and death." - Washington C. Hill, M.D.

Learn more about Black Maternal Health Week,

#Sarasota #Bradenton #NorthPortFL #LakewoodRanchFL #VeniceFlorida #Maternal #Health #Mom #Community #Healthcare #BMHW22 #Minority #HealthMonth

Dick Vitale, cancer-free, rings bell to signal end of chemotherapy 04/15/2022

Dick Vitale, cancer-free, rings bell to signal end of chemotherapy

📣Thank you, Tampa Bay Times, for sharing this amazing story of legendary ESPN basketball announcer, Dick Vitale’s final chemotherapy treatment! 🏀 🙌 #awesomebaby

Dick Vitale, cancer-free, rings bell to signal end of chemotherapy The Hall of Fame college hoops broadcaster was diagnosed with lymphoma last fall.

Legendary ESPN announcer Dick Vitale celebrates his cancer victory 04/15/2022

Legendary ESPN announcer Dick Vitale celebrates his cancer victory

📣 🙌 🏀 Legendary ESPN basketball announcer Dick Vitale rang his victory bell yesterday and left behind an inspirational rock in the fountain at Sarasota Memorial’s oncology tower garden to inspire others during their cancer journey.

In October 2021, Vitale was diagnosed with lymphoma and underwent 6 rounds of chemotherapy. His lymphoma diagnosis came just months after he completed treatment for melanoma, and while undergoing vocal cord surgery to treat dysplasia. He completed his treatment on Thursday and celebrated the news that a recent PET scan showed no signs of the lymphoma.

“At 82, despite all of the treatments, traveling and medical challenges, he has done phenomenally well,” said Dr. Richard Brown, medical director of the Brian D. Jellison Cancer Institute at Sarasota Memorial. “Dick's cancer is in remission and we are excited to see him return to the life he loves.” Vitale said he feels blessed to have a great team of medical experts along with wonderful family support.👏❤️👏

#cancer #treatment #cancertreatment #awesomebaby #legend #espn #sarasota #florida #community #support #medical #experts #healthcare

Legendary ESPN announcer Dick Vitale celebrates his cancer victory After 7 months of chemotherapy, legendary ESPN broadcaster Dick Vitale is in remission. Flanked by his doctors and nurses and buoyed by the good news, the co...

Photos from Sarasota Memorial Health Care System's post 04/14/2022

🌼🏆Congrats #smhNurse Beth Dix, LPN II, on earning the #DAISYaward for going above & beyond to make a difference in the lives of our patients & their families! Beth is known for her wonderful personality and caring heart. She is never too busy for anyone, always willing to help her peers and devoted to her patients.

🎉An international honor, the DAISY award celebrates nurses who provide extraordinary, compassionate & skillful care every day!

👏Thank you, Beth, for all you do for SMH, our patients & our community!

#DAISYfoundation #smhNursesRock #MagnetNurses #BestOfTheBest #smhNews #sarasota #sarasotamemorial

An Acid-Kicking Arsenal: New Tools Fighting Acid Reflux 04/13/2022

An Acid-Kicking Arsenal: New Tools Fighting Acid Reflux

💪 New Tools Fighting Acid Reflux
The gastroenterology team at Sarasota Memorial has added two new advanced procedures to its acid-kicking arsenal: Stretta Therapy and The TIF Procedure. Both offer incision-free solutions and lasting relief for persistent, painful and even drug resistant reflux conditions.

What are Stretta Therapy & The TIF Procedure?
Other than acid reflux’s worst nightmares?
Click here to find out 👉

#Sarasota #Bradenton #NorthPortFL #LakewoodRanchFL #VeniceFlorida #AcidReflux #Reflux #Therapy #Procedure #Healthcare

An Acid-Kicking Arsenal: New Tools Fighting Acid Reflux A big part of being a healthy human is keeping all your various bodily fluids in their proper bags and tubes throughout the day. This goes doubly true for the hydrochloric acid that your stomach makes as part of that internal simmering soup called gastric juice. This acid is supposed to stay down in...

Timeline photos 04/12/2022

From little seeds, grow mighty trees.🌳
Sarasota Memorial is proud to participate in the #PlantGrowBloom campaign, a region-wide movement to spread awareness about the importance of providing a strong foundation for babies so they can bloom into their full potential.🌷

If you want a child’s mind to grow, you must first plant a seed.🪴 First 1,000 Days Suncoast is making it easy for you to provide your baby with the right nourishment, like quick, easy activities and resources that will help your child BLOOM!🌻

To participate in the Plant, Grow, Bloom campaign,

Videos (show all)

Having Your Baby at SMH-Venice – A Video Tour for Expectant Parents
Groundbreaking - Cornell Family Behavioral Health Pavilion
Doctors' Day 2022
SMH Experts Talk Omicron, Treatment & Testing
Treating COVID-19 at Home | Ask An Expert
✨ Sharing a Little Merry & Bright ✨
Omicron Variant | Ask An Expert Q&A
Moving Somewhere New Isn't Always Easy
SMH-Venice: Take a Peek Inside
🏥 Sarasota Memorial Hospital-Venice Is Now Open
New Hope in Local Cancer Care
🤰 Pregnancy & COVID-19 Vaccines




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